Welcome to the rooftop!
The Royal Observatory Edinburgh sits atop Blackford Hill two miles south of the City Centre. When it was built in 1894, this spot would have been far from the lights and smoke of the city and well-placed for professional stargazing. Today, it enjoys panoramic views over Edinburgh, the Pentland Hills and the East Lothian coastline, as well as – weather permitting! – a clear view of the sky
Check out our live events programme at the Visitor Centre, including planetarium shows for some virtual stargazing whatever the weather!
During our Doors Open Days weekend, we held live events such as planetarium shows, astronomy talks, a tour of the lab, and more! If you want to watch the recordings of any of these events please click on the video playback icon
Get started stargazing!
Our handy guide to get you started navigating the night sky, these pocket star charts highlight the brightest star patterns you’ll find overhead in each season